Home Health Parents News Now Parents Need to Pay Closer Attention to Loud Music and Hearing Loss Parents Need to Pay Closer Attention to Loud Music and Hearing Loss By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 26, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_66592531 30655 One in eight American kids and teenagers - or more than 5 million - has a type of hearing loss that usually stems from overexposure to loud noises, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents can help prevent much of that hearing loss, the researchers said. For the new study, they collected Internet survey responses from more than 700 parents of teenage children. Almost 70 percent of the parents had not spoken with their child about noise exposure, mainly because they thought the actual risk of hearing damage was low. But almost an equal number reported being willing to limit time listening to music and access to other excessively noisy situations to protect their teenager's hearing, according to results published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. On the whole, parents seemed willing to take steps to protect their kids, but often underestimated the risks of too much loud music. "I think it just means that we have work to do in terms of raising awareness," Sekhar said. More educated parents and those with younger teens were most likely to be willing to take precautions with their kids, like limiting music time, limiting access to noisy situations or insisting on protective measures like earplugs. Image: Teenager listening to loud music, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Parents Need to Pay Closer Attention to Loud Music and Hearing Loss Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.